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You cannot stop the Brantley Family Band Christmas album -- but why would you want to?

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If ever there was a year when the Brantley Family Band was going to take a hiatus from its annual Christmas-music ritual, you'd think it would be 2012. Triangle expatriates Jim and Heidi Brantley had twins on Oct. 11, so it's not like they've had a lot of extra time this fall. But God bless 'em, they still managed to put a song together -- a version of "Jingle Bells" with a too-cute-for-words baby vocal cameo by Bo and Sam Brantley. Take a listen to that (as well as the other 36 Christmas songs they've recorded since 2004) here.

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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.